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World Malaria Day 2018

25 April 2018 – This year’s World Malaria Day coincides with the 70th anniversary of WHO. The Global Malaria Programme is is marking the Day with a series of interviews with leaders and advocates in the global malaria response.

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DR Tedros at the London Malaria Summit on 8 April 2018

London Summit delivers US$ 4.1 billion in funding for the fight against malaria

23 April 2018 – Heads of State and Government, scientists, business leaders, philanthropists and other global health stakeholders gathered at a high-level Malaria Summit in London to galvanize action and announce new commitments in the fight against an age-old disease. “The latest data show that we are now at crossroads,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, speaking at the Summit. “If we relax our efforts, we know that malaria will come roaring back – and with a vengeance,” he added.

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Net with Anopheles mosquito

Pyrethroid-PBO nets appear to provide improved protection against malaria in areas with high resistance

12 April 2018 – A new class of bed net that includes the chemical PBO has been shown to significantly reduce malaria infection in children at one site in Tanzania, according to new research published today in The Lancet. WHO recommendations on pyrethroid-PBO nets were revised in late 2017 based on the results of this study, among others.

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Health workers demonstrating the use of a LLIN in Kisumu, Kenya

Results published from 5-year WHO study show nets protect despite resistance

10 April 2018 – Full results from a large WHO-coordinated study in Benin, Cameroon, India, Kenya and Sudan have now been released. The research team representing over 20 institutions concluded that long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) still provide a significant level of protection against malaria, even where mosquitoes are resistant to pyrethroids (the insecticide class used in LLINs). Co-authors of the study, published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, urge that LLIN use be continued.

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Girls fixing nets to their beds in Odisha, India

India drives down malaria in its highest burden state

14 March 2018 – Since 2000, India has made major inroads in reducing the toll of malaria. But the path towards elimination has proven a challenge in the eastern state of Odisha, which carries more than 40% of the country’s malaria burden. In recent years, the state government has dramatically scaled up efforts to prevent, detect and treat malaria – with impressive results seen in a short span of time.

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fact buffet

Cases

216 millionmalaria cases worldwide in 2016

Progress report

Deaths

445 000malaria deaths worldwide in 2016

Key points

Funding

2.7 billionResources available for malaria in 2016 (in US$)

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World Malaria Day 2018

Women and children in remote community of Assam State in India

World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.

Malaria Threats Map

This interactive map presents data on the status of malaria vector resistance, P. falciparum gene deletions, and antimalarial efficacy and resistance worldwide.


World Malaria Report

WMR 2017 - illustration

The World Malaria Report, released each year in December, is WHO’s flagship malaria publication. It contains the latest available data on malaria policies, interventions and trends in all endemic countries.

Global Technical Strategy

GTS/ SDGs - timeline

The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 calls for a reduction in global malaria incidence and mortality rates of at least 90% by 2030. It shares the same timeline as the Sustainable Development Goals.

Policy Advisory Committee

MPAC meeting - March 2017
Mark Henley/ WHO 2017

The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee provides independent strategic advice to WHO on all policy areas relating to malaria control and elimination.

A word from the experts

MPAC members serve in an independent and personal capacity and represent a broad range of disciplines, expertise, and experience encompassing many aspects of malaria control and elimination. Hear from some of the world-renowned researchers that guide WHO’s malaria policies.


More on malaria

Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. P. falciparum is the most prevalent malaria parasite in Africa and responsible for most malaria deaths globally. P. vivax is the dominant parasite outside of sub-Saharan Africa.

Fighting malaria in the GMS

Children in Myanmar
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Countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) continue to make inroads in the race towards elimination. According to the latest WHO bulletin, malaria cases and deaths fell by 74% and 91%, respectively, between 2012 and 2016.

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The WHO Global Malaria Programme is responsible for coordinating WHO's global efforts to control and eliminate malaria. You can contact us at: infogmp@who.int

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